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Campus Guides

The Palmer Campus Guides are mentors for new and prospective students. They conduct campus tours that are informative, interesting and entertaining, and provide you with an honest glimpse of what life at Palmer is like.

Get to know the Palmer Campus Guides below!

Main Campus

Rebecca Axtman

Rebecca Axtman

Hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Rebecca has moved to Palmer from Denver. Accompanying her are her husband Bryan and two teenage children, son Kellen and daughter Isabelle. (Oldest daughter Samantha is currently studying in the science field at University of Denver.) In her first trimester, she recognizes the challenging curriculum at Palmer, especially after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in communication and theatre in the 90s, but we all do things that scare us. Face the fear, embrace the climb. “Expect miracles” was one of B.J. Palmer’s famous epigrams, and that’s exactly what Rebecca is doing. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys hiking with her dog Guinness, gardening, and tending to chickens.

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Sarah Bowen

Sarah Bowen

Sarah grew up in Rochester, NY and graduated with her bachelor of science degree from St. John Fisher College. She was first introduced to chiropractic at a young age when her mother would take her to appointments for allergies and sport-related injuries. However, with increasing back pain, she sought care from numerous chiropractic, holistic, and medical providers over the course of 15 years, without much relief. Knowing her issue lied within the spine and searching for answers, she enrolled locally at New York Chiropractic College. However, after many months of no improvement and limited resources, she transferred to Palmer Davenport, where she has been steadily improving. Sarah can’t wait to learn all that Palmer has to offer and serve patients the same way she has been able to heal!

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Austin Clarke

Austin Clarke

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Shelby Forrester

Shelby is one of nine children and absolutely loves spending time with her family. She currently serves as Treasurer for the Student International Chiropractor’s Association and is a teaching assistant for Spinal Anatomy Lab on Wednesdays. In her free time, Shelby participates on the Palmer Women’s Rugby team and celebrates Taco Tuesday, every Tuesday. Shelby’s goal is to obtain an associateship after graduating from Palmer and eventually move to Australia to practice chiropractic.

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Brenna Gray portrait

Brenna Gray

Brenna grew up in London, Ontario and first saw a Chiropractor after a rollerblading injury when she was young. After this incident, she grew curious as to why it helped. Her curiosity led her to the University of Waterloo where she completed a kinesiology undergraduate degree. Brenna came to Palmer to continue her chiropractic journey.

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Kyle Hagerty portrait

Kyle Hagerty

Kyle comes from Sellersville, a small town in Pennsylvania. He played many sports growing up, but stuck with track and field at Moravian college in Bethlehem, PA. He always knew that he had a passion for helping and teaching others about their body for track and for everyday life. He chose Palmer College after learning of chiropractic through an alumnus of Palmer. Kyle is in love with the process and environment that he is in at Palmer.

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Randi Hahn portrait

Randi Hahn

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Maddy Janssen

Maddy Janssen

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William Kinney portrait

William Kinney

Born and raised in Mississauga, Canada, William became heavily involved in sports from an early age. Exposed to a variety of competitive sports, he pursued fencing, climbing national and international ranks to become a member of Canada’s Under 20 Team. William graduated with honors from the University of Toronto in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. During his time with the faculty, he decided to pursue chiropractic, following his passion of making a difference in other people’s lives.

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Emma Rae Langdon

Emma Rae Langdon

Emma Rae grew up in Highlands Ranch, CO and graduated from the University of Colorado - Boulder with degrees in neuroscience and psychology. She's passionate about research and is currently a Research Assistant with Palmer's Center for Chiropractic Research. In her free time, Emma Rae loves to play Rockband and practice American Sign Language (ASL).

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Kate McKenzie

Kate McKenzie

Kate grew up in Elora, Ontario, Canada. Her love of science brought her to the University of Guelph where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science. During her final year of undergraduate studies, she discovered chiropractic as she began experiencing back problems. After experiencing amazing results from chiropractic, she knew a career helping people would be perfect for her and Palmer College of Chiropractic was the place to start. In her spare time, Kate loves learning new skills through technique clubs, volunteering in the community, and spending time with her personal trainer at the gym.

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Tanner Mitchell portrait

Tanner Mitchell

Tanner grew up in Big Rapids, Michigan. After high school, he attended Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan, and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree. While at Spring Arbor, Tanner had internships in two chiropractic offices that greatly increased his passion for the field. Chiropractic stands out to him because of the positive impact that the field has on patient’s lives. He is excited to share his passion and help others reach optimal wellness!

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Ross Oldenburg portrait

Ross Oldenburg

Ross grew up in the small town of Clinton, Wisconsin.  After graduating high school he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Chiropractic has been a very beneficial health care choice for Ross throughout his life, mainly using it to manage sports injuries. However, after coming to Palmer he learned how versatile chiropractic is and that it’s not just about treating injuries. He loves the impact chiropractic can have in all areas of the field. Ross viewed Palmer as his first and only choice and he is thrilled with his selection.

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Laura Price

Laura Price

Laura was born in Waterford, Ireland, but was raised in Rochelle, Illinois. She graduated from Kishwaukee College with an A.S. in biological sciences and a degree in therapeutic massage. She continued studying at Northern Illinois University and completed a B.A. in Spanish language and literature with a minor in biology while working full time as a massage therapist. After graduation, Laura continued to work and travel, eventually living abroad. Ultimately, Laura decided to return to the U.S. to pursue chiropractic. She chose Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa because of its goal for the future, “a future of unlimited health and human potential.” In her free time, Laura enjoys playing pickle ball, swimming and trying new restaurants.

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Ellie Stoakes

Ellie Stoakes

Ellie Stoakes grew up in Gladbrook, Iowa. After attending Central College, where she received a bachelor's degree in exercise science, she chose to further pursue healthcare at Palmer. Ellie has a passion for interacting with people and caring for others. Through her education at Palmer and involvement in Campus Guides, Ellie hopes to gain the confidence, knowledge and integrity to care for patients in the future. She learned from her time at Palmer already that it is not just the technique within chiropractic that matters; it’s also learning how to approach people and talk about chiropractic care, how to market your business and reach out to the community.

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Faith Swartzendruber

Faith Swartzendruber

Faith Swartzendruber grew up in Champaign, Illinois.  From a young age she knew she loved educating and helping people. Through becoming an elementary teacher she was able to put these passions together, but her interest in how the human body functions grew stronger. After some years in the classroom, she decided to pursue a career in chiropractic and knew Palmer was the only choice for her. She is proud to be a part of the history and legacy of Palmer College of Chiropractic.

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Florida Campus

Omar Abderhman portrait

Omar Abderhman

Omar is a northern Virginia native, originally from Egypt, with a Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University. Since a young age, Omar was inspired by a doctor’s ability in aiding patients to a better state of health, relieving them from pain and/or illness. He believes that knowledge bonded with a genuine purpose to help others can be very powerful.

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Brooke Aronson portrait

Brooke Aronson

Brooke is a Florida native with a Bachelor’s of Science in health science administration from Florida Gulf Coast University. Brooke wanted to be a performer on Broadway until she was injured. Her injury lead her to a chiropractic office where she learned about the art, science and philosophy behind Chiropractic. Brooke immediately knew that chiropractic was her future. Brooke volunteers for Habitat for Humanity in Volusia County with her church. She believes she can influence the communities health starting at home.

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Teresa Brink portrait

Teresa Brink

Teresa graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT with a Bachelor of Science degree in health science. She chose her career path because she has been treated by a chiropractor since only three days old. Her family has always taken a holistic approach to health care and used chiropractic care as a preventive care. Teresa rarely got sick as a child and fell in love with chiropractic at a very young age. It wasn’t until taking an alternative healing modalities class in college that she really decided becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic was the right choice for her. She shadowed a few doctors that worked in the office she was a patient and asked them what school’s she should look into and would be best fit for her. Palmer Florida’s small personal atmosphere as well as early hands-on experiences helped to make the decision easy.

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Sean Cooper portrait

Sean Cooper

Sean was born and raise in a small city in North Carolina. Many chiropractic students have a dense background in sports; Sean’s sport was a little different. He was a competitive rock climber. The subculture of climbing exposed him to areas of health and wellness that he had never seen before - chiropractic care, nutraceuticals and natural foods. Sean would continue his education at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte where he completed a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. In his time, he shadowed his best friend and climbing partner’s father, a local Palmer Alumni. With his future set in stone and his enthusiasm for chiropractic at an all time high, he came to Florida with hopes of becoming a chiropractor and serve his community back home.

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Anson Hadley portrait

Anson Hadley

Anson is from bustling town of Marmora, NJ. He went to Grove City College where he received his Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in psychology. His father is a chiropractor, so as a result, he was exposed to chiropractic since birth. He has been amazed at the power of chiropractic and decided to pursue his passion at Palmer. He wants to be able to provide care for people without the use of drugs or surgery and he knew that Palmer will help him accomplish that goal.

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Mariah Hargrove portrait

Mariah Hargrove

Mariah is from Canton, North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biological anthropology from Appalachian State University. Mariah chose a career in chiropractic after a disc injury that was overlooked by many until a chiropractor discovered it. Mariah always knew she wanted a career helping others, but was never sure what, until she found chiropractic. She immediately knew it was the career for her; she will be returning to North Carolina upon graduation in hopes of opening a practice.

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Portrait of Jacob Howarth - Florida Campus Guide

Jacob Howarth

Jacob was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana. He attended Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH where he majored in biology and played football. He is set to graduate from Palmer in 2020 and is looking forward to helping people live their lives pain-free and as fully as possible.

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Michael Hozan portrait

Michael Hozan

Mike Hozan is from a small rural town in Ohio called Homerville. He attended The Ohio State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business operations. Mike competed for The Ohio State varsity wrestling team from 2013-2017 where he first witnessed the impressive impact that chiropractic could have in treating athletes.  As a business ambassador, Mike is excited to share his passion for business with the other students and continue to learn as much as possible before starting his own practice.

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Portrait or Shelby Kemp - Florida Campus Guide

Shelby Kemp

Shelby grew up in the rural community of Sesser, Illinois. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical science and a minor in chemistry. She was first exposed to chiropractic as a patient after the wear and tear of cheerleading and gymnastics began to cause her pain. The benefits of chiropractic care as an alternative to medications and invasive surgeries had such a profound impact on her life that it influenced her to pursue it as a career.

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Portrait or Michael Kreatsoulas - Florida Campus Guide

Michael Kreatsoulas

Michael attended Youngstown State University majoring in human performance and exercise science, while participating as a member of the football team. Interested in strength and conditioning, he accepted a Graduate Assistant position with the University of Findlay Athletic Department. While coaching, he earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Findlay. Michael began competing in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting, becoming nationally ranked. Realizing that his own performance increased while receiving chiropractic care, he decided to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic.

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Noelle Orr portrait

Noelle Orr

Noelle was born and raised in southern New Jersey and graduated from Cairn University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Science in counseling. She has lived in Florida since the 6th grade but still has fond memories of snow. She has wanted to be a chiropractor since age 10 having received regular chiropractic adjustments since the age of three months. She designed her educational experiences around this goal, interning with two different Palmer alumni. She believes her background in psychology and counseling will further equip her to accomplish chiropractic’s goal of looking past the superficial symptoms to find and treat the underlying causes. Noelle hopes to one day work overseas in missions.

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Victoria Smith portrait

Victoria Smith

Victoria is originally from New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Rowan University. Convinced she wanted to pursue a career in research and development, Victoria's life was quickly flipped upside down when she began receiving chiropractic care. The non-invasive approach to health care stole her heart and she immediately fell in love with the field, soon realizing that she was meant to be a Doctor of Chiropractic. Palmer has offered her everything and more thus far, and she is eager and excited to continue her education here at Palmer Florida.

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West Campus

Samantha Arbour Portrait

Samantha Arbour

Samantha grew up in Stuart, Fla., and graduated from Stetson University in Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in molecular biology and minored in health science and business administration. She was drawn to the chiropractic profession for its holistic perspective and non-pharmaceutical approach to achieving optimal health and wellness. In addition to Campus Guides, Samantha is a member of Sports Council, and participates in Research Club, Functional Nutrition Club and Yoga Club. 

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Vivie Bojilov portrait

Vivie Bojilov

Vivie is a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, who earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of British Columbia. Once Vivie decided to pursue a career in chiropractic, he chose to attend Palmer’s West campus, where he would be “close to home,” and enjoy the quality of a Palmer College education. In addition to being a Campus Guide, Vivie also is active with the West campus Sports Council, and is in the process of completing the chiropractic neurology diplomate program. When he graduates in 2010, Vivie hopes to practice in Canada.

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Shelly Bouvier portrait

Shelly Bouvier

A native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Can., Shelly attended the University of Calgary and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. She knew from a young age that she wanted to become a chiropractor, due to multiple injuries she suffered from dancing. Her personal chiropractor, Dr. Richard Robinson (a Palmer West graduate), was the first to speak about the unique aspects of the West program available to students, such as Sports Council and various clubs, including Campus Guides. The pride and name-recognition that comes with being a Palmer graduate also factored into her decision to attend the West campus. When she graduates from Palmer West, Shelly plans to return home to Canada, and develop a sports-focused practice that provides care for a variety of athletes.

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Emelia Bracken portrait

Emelia Bracken

Emelia, a native of Canton, Ohio, earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from John Carrol University, located near Cleveland. Focused on athletic training while attending JCU, Emelia’s chiropractor inspired her to pursue a similar career path. After spending much of her life in the Cleveland area, once Emelia decided to pursue her chiropractic dream, the opportunity to head west (as in Palmer West) held a great deal of appeal! Emelia’s decision to attend Palmer’s California branch campus was influenced by several other equally important considerations, including Palmer’s leadership in the profession, and the distinguished reputation of the West campus Sports Council program.  Emelia serves as her class’ Associated Student Government representative, and enjoys playing volleyball. When she graduates in 2020, Emelia hopes to return and practice in her home state of Ohio.

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Andre Bugawan portrait

Andre Bugawan

Andre grew up in Iwakuni, Japan, before moving to the U.S. in 2013, to attend Sacramento State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. After considering various career options, Andre felt chiropractic was best-suited to help achieve his career ambition – and Palmer West the best college to help prepare him for the profession. In addition to Campus Guides, Andre is active in various technique-clubs (including Gonstead, SOT, and AK), Sports Council, and sports-clubs (including basketball, football, Spikeball, volleyball, and rock-climbing). When Andre graduates in 2020, he plans to practice in Sacramento, and travel around the world – with the long-term goal of eventually practicing in Japan and Hawaii, before returning to retire in California.

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Shanna Buller portrait

Shanna Buller

Shanna grew up in Rochester Hills, Mich., where she attended Michigan State University and earned her B.S. in kinesiology (with minors in health promotion and German). She also grew up in a chiropractic family (her father and brother are both Palmer Davenport graduates). Shanna, a member of the Elite Dance Team at MSU (and team-captain for two years), says she chose to attend Palmer West, in part, due to the comfort of a smaller campus. “Everyone was so welcoming when I visited the campus – it made the place feel like a huge family!” In addition to Campus Guides, Shanna also is a member of Sports Council, and enjoys participating in various campus clubs, including the Motion Palpation Club and the Yoga Club. When she graduates in 2020, Shanna plans to either return home and practice in Michigan – or stay, and begin her career in California!

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Oscar Campos portrait

Oscar Campos

Oscar grew up in the San Joaquin Valley town of Porterville, California, and attended the University of California Santa Barbara where he earned a B.A. in Chicano/a studies, while also studying biology and exercise & sport studies. Oscar was drawn to the chiropractic profession because of its holistic, natural and non-pharmaceutical approach. “I want to primarily focus on underrepresented communities and educate patients on preventative health care, spinal wellness, nutrition and physical fitness." He chose to attend Palmer West because it provides the most evidence-based research and resources. Oscar is involved in Sports Council, the Student American Black Chiropractic Association (SABCA), soccer and rock climbing on campus. Although Oscar has enjoyed Southern California & the Bay Area, he would ultimately like to travel back to the central valley to give back to his community.

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McKenzie Cervini portrait

McKenzie Cervini

Mckenzie grew up in Leamington, ON, Canada, and attended the University of Windsor, where she graduated with a B.S in biological sciences. From a young age she was drawn to a career in health care, due to her desire to help others and her interests in the human body. Following multiple shadowing and volunteering opportunities, Mckenzie was introduced to the career of chiropractic, and its holistic, non-invasive and successful approach to health and wellness. Deciding to attend Palmer West was an easy decision, as following her campus tour, she felt welcomed and proud to have the opportunity to study at an evidence-based institution built by the founders of chiropractic. Following graduation, Mckenzie hopes to open her own practice(s) in order to help heal, provide happiness and guide healthy lives for all.

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Howie Chang portrait

Howie Chang

Howie Chang grew up locally in San Jose, CA, where he attended University of California, San Diego and earned his B.S. in public policy. While preparing for law school admissions, Howie hurt his back in a jiujitsu sparring accident and found himself seeing a chiropractor for the first time. Having experienced the benefits of chiropractic care first hand, Howie switched careers and decided to attend Palmer West for its emphasis on evidence-based chiropractic care, welcoming school community, and networking opportunities. After graduation, Howie hopes to open up a wellness center in San Jose and be involved in lobbying efforts for chiropractic.

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Eric Danielson portrait

Eric Danielson

Eric grew up in Alpine, Utah, where he studied exercise science and completed his Palmer prerequisites at Utah Valley University. He was inspired to become a chiropractor after receiving significant relief from sports injuries by his chiropractor and seeing others achieve similar relief through chiropractic care. Since entering the Palmer program, Eric has become immersed in the chiropractic community and has surrounded himself with doctors who have pursued many different career paths in chiropractic. Active with a variety of West campus clubs, including Applied Kinesiology and Sports Council, Eric says he considers the Palmer community like “family.” His passions include participating in sports, playing music and spending time outdoors with his wife. When he graduates in 2020, Eric hopes to practice near his hometown in Utah.

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Ryan Deighan portrait

Ryan Deighan

Ryan grew up in Pawtucket, R.I., where he attended the University of Rhode Island and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology (with a minor in leadership studies). He decided to attend Palmer West based on its evidence-based curriculum and ideal location in sunny, California. In addition to Campus Guides, Ryan is a member of Sports Council and the Rehab 2 Performance Club, and plays on the Palmer West hockey team. He also serves as an office member of Palmer West’s student-chapter of the California Chiropractic Association (CalChiro), and was a member of the team that won the CalChiro Quiz Bowl at the 2018 state convention. When he graduates in 2020, Ryan plans to return home and practice in New England.

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Kimberly Delen-Briones portrait

Kimberly Delen-Briones

Kimberly earned her B.S. in allied health science from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., where the San Francisco native earned multiple academic and athletic honors as a member of the Gaels’ rowing team. Her desire to enter the chiropractic profession was fueled by the health benefits of receiving chiropractic care while competing in a variety of sports – and the desire to help others prevent or recover from similar injuries. In addition to Campus Guides, Kimberly is a member of the Sports Council, and the Motion Palpation, Rehab 2 Performance, and Yoga clubs. While the San Jose location held great appeal given its proximity to family and friends, Kimberly’s decision to attend Palmer West was also impacted by other factors – including the care she received from Palmer interns while a member of the St. Mary’s women’s rowing team. Kimberly hopes to establish her practice in the Bay Area when she graduates in 2020.

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Stephanie Demick portrait

Stephanie Demick

Stephanie grew up in Chesterfield, Mich., where she attended Oakland University, graduating with her B.S. in health science. Drawn to a health care career from a young age, her initial path took her in the direction of physical therapy. However, while completing her undergraduate degree, she enrolled in a course that focused on holistic medicine, which introduced her to chiropractic. Inspired by the profession’s holistic approach to helping patients achieve relief from chronic pain, Stephanie took her career in a new direction – and headed west. In addition to serving as a Campus Guide, Stephanie is a member of the Sports Council, and she’s also active in the Extremities, Research and Yoga Clubs. She plans to return home to Michigan, and establish a multi-faceted holistic health center to help her patients achieve optimal natural healing.

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Evangelyn Di Bacco

Evangelyn Di Bacco

Evangelyn grew up in Orillia, Ontario, Canada and graduated from Brock University with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. While volunteering at a research center for people with spinal cord injuries, she realized she wanted to pursue a holistic health care profession. Her mom also played a large role in her decision to become a chiropractor, as she always encouraged and exemplified a holistic lifestyle. Evangelyn shadowed local chiropractors during university and was even treated by one for whiplash following a MVA. During recovery, her choice to become a chiropractor was solidified as her treatment plan encompassed not only her injury, but the role chiropractic care had in her everyday life. Evangelyn was drawn to Palmer West because of its evidence-based curriculum, amazing extra-curricular opportunities and the Bay Area itself. In addition to serving as a Campus Guide, she is a member of Sports Council and SACA. When Evangelyn graduates, she plans to practice in a multidisciplinary setting either in Canada or the USA.

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Maggie Dunlop portrait

Maggie Dunlop

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Maggie graduated from Brock University in 2007, and earned her Advanced Athletic Training certificate from Mount Royal University in 2008. Maggie’s decided to pursue a career in the chiropractic profession to broaden her diagnostic and manual-therapy scope of practice. Her decision to attend Palmer’s California branch campus was impacted by the endorsement from the chiropractors she worked with in Calgary – all of whom are Palmer West alumni. In addition to Campus Guides and ASG, Maggie participates in many of the West campus-clubs. She served as her class-rep on the Associated Student Government (ASG), before her election as an ASG executive officer. Maggie works as an athletic trainer at Menlo-Atherton High School (20 miles north of San Jose), and at Focused Individual Trainers. She enjoys running, swimming and “hanging out with my German Shepherd.” When Maggie graduates in 2020, she plans to return to Canada, and hopes to practice in her hometown of Toronto (or in Calgary).

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Ken Fuyuki portrait

Ken Fuyuki

Born and raised in Honolulu, Ken graduated from Azusa Pacific University (B.S., athletic training). "I chose to attend Palmer’s West campus because of the evidence-based curriculum and patient-focused approach to clinical care. Palmer is the college that prepares and the molds the future generation of health care professionals. We are taught by medical doctors, radiologists, rehab specialists, nutritionists – and, of course, the top chiropractors in the profession. My goal is to return home, and establish a practice in Hawaii."

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Shayan Ghafari portrait

Shayan Ghafari

A native of Washington, D.C., Shayan attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, majoring in biological sciences. After initially considering a career as an osteopathic physiatrist, Shayan’s own physical challenges piqued his interest in functional and holistic medicine. After working as a physical therapist technician for nearly three years, and receiving chiropractic care during this time, he decided the best way to combine his passion for science and movement was to merge the two. After attending Palmerpalooza, Shayan decided to pursue his chiropractic career at Palmer West. He quickly discovered the West campus provided him with the optimal learning environment, for its program-specific features and extracurricular activities. When not working on class-related assignments, or studying for exams, Shayan enjoys heading outdoors to connect with nature, stimulating his creative energy as a DJ, or listening to different styles of music. When Shayan graduates, he hopes to develop a sports-focused practice.

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Sena Griffith portrait

Sena Griffith

Sena grew up in the Northern California town of Cotati, and attended the University of California, Merced, where she earned her B.S. in developmental biology. Sena’s life-long ambition to enter the health care field began with her goal of becoming a trauma surgeon. As she realized how much her life revolved around “relationship building,” she began to explore other health professions. Her decision to pursue a chiropractic career was strongly impacted by personal experience. When medications prescribed for a severe cheerleading injury as a teen not only failed to help her heal, but adversely impacted her life in other ways, she sought chiropractic care – which enabled her to continue cheerleading (through high school and college), and enjoy other recreational activities. A career day program at UC-Merced sparked her interest in chiropractic as a profession – and positive feedback from doctors whom she shadowed – helped confirm she’d made the right choice to attend Palmer West. In addition to Campus Guides, Sena’s other activities include the Sports Council, as well as the Applied Kinesiology and Soft Tissue Clubs. When she graduates, Sena hopes to establish her practice back home in Sonoma County.

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Isaiah Guebara portrait

Isaiah Guebara

A native of Texas, Isaiah has spent much of his adult life in Austin, where he studied kinesiology at area colleges. Once Isaiah made the decision to take his health-care aspirations to the next level by entering the chiropractic profession, he selected Palmer’s California branch campus based on interactions with West alumni, the strong sports programs, and its evidence-based curriculum. In addition to serving as a Campus Guide, Isaiah is an active member of the Sports Council. An active CrossFit athlete, Isaiah also enjoys hiking, and spending time with his two cats, Bernie and Pearl. When he graduates, Isaiah plans on returning to Austin to open a sports-rehab clinic, or start a new chapter of his life in Denver, Colorado.

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Manreet Hans portrait

Manreet Hans

Manreet, a native of Surrey, B.C., considered a wide variety of career options following her graduation from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. (B.S., molecular biology and biochemistry). She was drawn to the chiropractic profession due to her work at several multidisciplinary clinics and encouragement from her mentor – who strongly recommended Palmer’s West campus. Initially drawn to Palmer West for its reputation, Manreet quickly gained an appreciation for its incredible sense of community, small class sizes, and an evidence-based curriculum that takes a strong hands-on approach, beginning with the students’ first day! In addition to Campus Guides, Manreet serves as her class rep, is involved with several clubs, and plans to assist fellow students as a peer tutor. When she graduates, Manreet plans to return to Canada, open her own clinic, and provide her patients with evidenced-based care to achieve optimal pain-free lives.

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Cat Heidgerken

Cat Heidgerken

Cat grew up in Texas, where she attended the University of Texas at El Paso, and graduated in 2018 with her B.S. in health promotion. She began to pursue her interest in a health-care related career in 2012, when she trained as a yoga teacher and received her yoga therapy certification. As part of her personal health care journey to heal a chronic injury, Cat found chiropractic. The discovery was fortuitous on two levels: the care she received for her injury as a patient put her on the pathway to recovery – and ignited her passion to pursue a career in the chiropractic profession. Cat says the evidenced-based curriculum, welcoming community, and Palmer’s great networking opportunities were among the reasons she chose to attend the West campus. While Cat is not sure where she would like to practice once she graduates, she hopes to serve as a chiropractor to performers and athletes.

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Kelsey Laird

Kelsey Laird

Kelsey grew up in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada and attended the University of Alberta where she earned her B.S. in Kinesiology. She was inspired to enter the chiropractic profession guided by a desire to impact the quality of life for her patients without reliance on medications. While attending UA, she worked as a trainer for multiple St. Albert Raiders Minor Hockey teams – which factored in her decision to pursue her chiropractic career at Palmer’s West campus (because of the campus’ renown Sports Council program – of which she’s now a member). Palmer West’s evidence-based curriculum, diverse student body and multidisciplinary faculty were among other reasons she chose to attend Palmer West. In addition to Campus Guides, Kelsey also is active Rehab 2 Performance and Motion Palpation Clubs. When she graduates, Kelsey plans to return home to practice in Alberta.

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Hayley McHugh portrait

Hayley McHugh

Hayley grew up in Shawano, Wisc., where she attended the Univ. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, graduating with her B.S in kinesiology, movement studies emphasis. During her years as competitive water-skier, Hayley sustained numerous low-back injuries, which always responded well to chiropractic care. Hayley’s positive experiences as a patient inspired her to pursue chiropractic as a career. “I’ve known that I wanted to be involved in the health care field, and improve the lives of others since I was 14.” Although she grew up in Wisconsin, Hayley recalls trips to visit with family in California – and feels right at home at the West campus. “Palmer West has a ‘big family’ feel that really makes you feel welcomed. I truly think this is where I was meant to be!” In addition to Campus Guides, Hayley enjoys participating in the Sports Council, and the Yoga Club. When she graduates in 2020, Hayley hopes to practice somewhere in California.

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Kulvir Nijjar portrait

Kulvir Nijjar

A native of Sacramento, Calif., home of the State Capitol, Kulvir attended the University of California at Davis, where he earned his B.S. in biological sciences with an emphasis in neurology, physiology and behavior. Kulvir’s interest in helping patients recover from injuries, and his passion for sports, inspired him to pursue a career in the chiropractic profession. A location within driving distance of his home, along with its strong reputation as a leader in the field of sports chiropractic, factored into Kulvir’s decision to attend Palmer West. Active with several campus clubs, including Motion Palpation Institute and Applied Kinesiology, Kulvir was recently elected to serve as athletic director with the Associated Student Government executive council (for the 2019-2020 term). He also played on the Palmer West basketball team that defeated Life West in the 2019 edition of the Bay Area Classic basketball game. When he graduates, Kulvir plans to practice in Sacramento.

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Korissa Ramage portrait

Korissa Ramage

From an early age, Korissa knew that she wanted to pursue a career in health care – her search for the ideal profession ultimately led her to the chiropractic profession. “I found chiropractic to be the perfect fit with my health and wellness beliefs,” said Korissa a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who earned her B.S. degree in kinesiology from the Univ. of Calgary. “Among all the doctors that I met in my hometown, those who graduated from Palmer West matched my idea of the type of doctor I wanted to become.” In addition to Campus Guides, Korissa is active in the Sports Council. She’s achieved Dean’s List honors at Palmer West, and also earned the Dr. Peggy Sherman Endowment Scholarship. An avid snowboarder and hiker, Korissa hopes to return and practice in Calgary when she graduates in 2019, but also acknowledges “wherever I end up in the world will be ‘home’.”

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Rachelle Rizkalla portrait

Rachelle Rizkalla

A native of Germantown, Maryland, Rachelle is a graduate of The Catholic University of America (located in Washington, D.C.), where she earned her B.S. in psychological and brain sciences. Growing up, Rachelle had several siblings who suffered from scoliosis. She observed how chiropractic improved their condition – which inspired her to become a chiropractor. When it was time to select the college she wanted to attend, Rachelle chose Palmer West, because she thought it was best-suited for her. Once she graduates, Rachelle plans to return to the East Coast, where she hopes to make an impact on the quality of life for her patients.

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Kyle Siskar portrait

Kyle Siskar

Kyle earned his B.S. (biology) from State University of New York College (SUNY) at Buffalo. "Palmer was my first choice. I saw the multiple opportunities that the program provides. The professors are not only great instructors, but several have literally ‘written the books’ used not only at Palmer, but other chiropractic colleges. Nothing comes close to the beautiful coast of California, which has allowed me to embrace my ‘outdoor side,’ and treated me to some amazing hikes, surfing, snowboarding, and rock-climbing."

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Alecia Stewart portrait

Alecia Stewart

Alecia is a native of Brampton, Ontario, Can., who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and exercise science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She attended UIUC on an athletic scholarship, where she earned multiple academic and athletic accolades in track and field while competing in the heptathlon. Upon graduating, she harnessed her athletic prowess and ventured into the exciting sport of bobsleigh. Alecia’s desire to enter into a health care profession was always strongly aligned with her Olympic pursuits. After working with a Palmer West alumnus during the 2018 Olympic season, she was fueled to enter the profession with full-force, and set her sights on attending a school with an evidence-based curriculum and patient-focused approach. When she graduates, Alecia plans to return to Canada, and practice in Toronto. However, she is open to all opportunities -- including possibly taking part in the next Winter Olympic games (2022 in Beijing, China) as an athlete and a doctor!

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Ainsley Vettese portrait

Ainsley Vettese

Ainsley grew up in Calgary, Alb., Canada, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology at the University of Toronto in 2014. Ainsley always knew that she wanted to pursue a health care career. Her interest in the chiropractic profession piqued after volunteering at a multidisciplinary clinic, which provided first-hand perspective of the positive impact that chiropractic care can have on a patient’s health and wellness. She chose to attend Palmer West because of its distinguished Sports Council program, evidence-based curriculum, outstanding faculty and amazing community. Upon graduating from Palmer, Ainsley plans to return to her to hometown to open her own practice.

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Jade Viegas

Jade Viegas

Jade grew up in Grande Prairie, Alb., Canada. Her experience with chiropractic at a young age piqued her interest in the profession and directed her educational path. She attended the University of Calgary (graduating with a Bachelor's degree in kinesiology) and Mount Royal University (where she earned her advanced certificate in athletic therapy). Jade had a passion for hockey, and worked for several teams before returning to school to broaden her scope of practice. Her decision to attend Palmer West was based on its reputation as well as the number of chiropractors with whom she’d worked with that graduated from the Palmer West campus –and the fact that her personal chiropractor also was a Palmer West alumnus. In addition to Campus Guides, Jade is a member of Sports Council, is active with various campus clubs (including Motion Palpation) and plays on the Palmer West ice hockey team. When she graduates, Jade plans to return to Canada, with the goal of ultimately running her own practice.

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Nicholas Westfall portrait

Nicholas Westfall

A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., Nicholas earned his B.S. degree in interdisciplinary health services from Western Michigan University in 2015, and received his Associate of Applied Science degree in medical assisting from Baker College in 2011. His initial career path took him in the direction of the medical field. However, he soon realized that he preferred a career in a health care field that provided greater interaction with patients – “and I found chiropractic to be the perfect profession to get more involved in patient-health and well-being,” said Nicholas, who in addition to serving as a West Campus Guide, also is an executive officer of the Associated Student Government (ASG). Nicholas has experienced many Bay Area attractions while attending Palmer West, and, in particular, enjoys visiting the beaches and hiking in the mountains, each of which are just a short drive away. When he graduates in 2019, Nicholas plans to practice in either Southern California or back home in Michigan, and also hopes to explore many opportunities all over the world.

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Mandy Wong portrait

Mandy Wong

Mandy enjoys the distinction of attending a Palmer campus in the town where she grew up: San Jose.  Although the location convenience was quite appealing, Mandy says other features factored into her decision. “Palmer West holds high prestige in the Bay Area, as well as nationally,” said Mandy, a 2012 graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., where she earned her B.S. in biology. “The institution provides students with a wide variety of opportunities outside of the curriculum to get involved in the community, which strengthen their skills, enhancing their ability to succeed in practice.” Since initiating her studies at Palmer West in 2017, Mandy has participated in various clubs, such as SOT, and attended many events, including the Women’s Forum. While Mandy enjoys attending Palmer’s West campus in her hometown, she enjoyed attending Creighton, and hopes to return one day and practice in the Midwest.

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